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Gaming Rig (First Time DIYer)

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December 17, 2012 11:39:42 PM

My five year old computer's hard drive recently died. So, I am getting ready to buy a new one, and I figured I would try to build it myself. I have never built a computer, and I was hoping for some advice from people more knowledgeable. This build is just based off of my research for the past few days (even though I still don't feel like I know what I'm doing). I could be completely wrong. Any help is appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next two weeks

Budget Range: Around $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Movies, Photoshop, Web Development, Web Surfing, Videos

Are you buying a monitor: Yes (2)

Do you need to buy OS: No, I will be using Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

Location: Houston, TX

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Intel DZ77GA70K ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($220.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.98 @ PC Mall)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP900 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($407.55 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 700W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1641.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 20:31 EST-0500)

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December 18, 2012 12:51:05 AM

Looks good to me. The only thing I would change is the motherboard and the power supply.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX 750W PRO750W XXX Edition Single Rail
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62224&vpn=P1750BNLG9&m...

The motherboard is overpriced. You'll get similar features out of the ASRock Z77 Extreme4. You'll also want to change the PSU. Crossfiring 2 7970s will require a 750w PSU. You'll want to make sure it's 80+ certified. Don't cheap out on this part.
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December 18, 2012 2:23:25 PM

If I decide to Crossfire 2 7970s, will I need to add extra cooling or anything besides just the better power supply?
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December 18, 2012 5:01:43 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.43 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1668.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 14:01 EST-0500)
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December 18, 2012 5:05:48 PM

cone0 said:
If I decide to Crossfire 2 7970s, will I need to add extra cooling or anything besides just the better power supply?

no not really just keep tide up the cables for nice airflow , and install some fans in the optional fan places.
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December 18, 2012 5:07:20 PM

cone0 said:
If I decide to Crossfire 2 7970s, will I need to add extra cooling or anything besides just the better power supply?

No, all you need is a better power supply. If you want, you could throw in a couple extra case fans to help cool down your case. This is completely up to you; although, it really isn't needed. Your case should come with an adequate amount of fans already.
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December 18, 2012 6:52:16 PM

mrdowntownkiller said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($144.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($184.43 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card ($449.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1668.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-18 14:01 EST-0500)



Is that Video card worth the extra $20 over the one I posted?
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December 18, 2012 7:12:26 PM

on papers they seems to be the same on performance , but me and my friend as working on hardware , we tested both the xfx was gaining 3 or 4 fps more and it was quieter than the gigabyte one , but the gigabyte was running cooler. so you are the one that will see if you can pay more $20 for these + or not , have a nice day and hope to be helped.
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December 18, 2012 7:51:14 PM

I'd recommend just staying with the Gigabyte. It already offers plenty of performance anyways. Personally, I'd rather have the extra cooling over a 3-4 fps gain. Besides, if you really need the extra performance, the Gigabyte has huge overclocking potential.
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December 18, 2012 8:35:51 PM

Best answer selected by cone0.
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